Wednesday, April 10, 6:30pm, CLO110

The New World, dir. Malick, USA, 2006

presented by Prof. Wendy St. Jean (History)

“The New World” strips away all the fancy and lore from the story of Pocahontas and her tribe and the English settlers at Jamestown, and imagines how new and strange these people must have seemed to one another…Malick strives throughout his film to imagine how the two civilizations met and began to speak when they were utterly unknown to one another. We know with four centuries of hindsight all the sad aftermath, but it is crucial to “The New World” that it does not know what history holds. – Roger Ebert


Thursday, April 18, 6:30pm, CLO 110

Black Robe, dir. Beresford, Canada, 1991

Presented by Tanya Stabler (History)

A fiercely realistic drama of frontier Quebec, “Black Robe” mucks about where the new age western “Dances With Wolves” dared not put its pretty paw. In this portrait of 17th-century Canada, there is nothing much to indicate the presence of 20th-century filmmakers — no revisionist apologies, no polite courtships, no clean clothes, no cute animals… Beresford directs from Brian Moore’s adaptation of his own novel, the saga of a Jesuit missionary’s attempt to bring Christianity to the natives of New France. -Rita Kempley, The Washington Post Friday

Friday April 26, 5pm – SPECIAL DIRECTORAL PRESENTATION BY SALVADOR CARRASCO.

The Other Conquest, dir. Carrasco, Mexico, 1999.

AT THE TOWLE THEATER, DOWNTOWN HAMMOND- 5205 HOHMAN AVE.

Salvador Carrasco’s “The Other Conquest” takes place within the folds of history, telling a fictional story with a backdrop of all-too-real events. It’s an epic tale of ideas and cultures clashing, told on an intimate level… Strong performances… bring a reality to the film that almost makes one feel like a witness as these events unfold — a moment when the Aztec gods seemed to fail their people, but actually became part of a new Christianity. -Luis Carrasco, El Paso Times

This event is being held in conjunction with the closing ceremony of the photography exhibit, “In The Shadow of Cortes”, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures.